On this day: 10 quick facts about Helen Zille on her birthday

On this day: 10 quick facts about Helen Zille on her birthday

Former DA leader and Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille celebrates her 69th birthday on Monday and Briefly.co.za joins in the festivities by sharing 10 interesting facts on this special day.

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Former leader of the Democratic Party Helen Zille is one of the most well-known politicians and even though she decided to take a back seat from politics a while ago, she's never been far from the limelight.

Monday is a special day for the outspoken politician as she celebrates her 69th birthday. Zille was born on 9 March 1951.

For a decade, she served as Premier of the Western Cape, from 2009 until 2019. Prior to that, she served as Mayor of Cape Town.

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Although Zille polarises opinions amongst the black youth of South Africa, she was renowned as an anti-apartheid activist and exposed the cover-up around Steve Biko's death.

Zille worked as a journalist and worked with various pro-democracy groups in the 1980s.

With her parents being German, Zille is able to speak the language, as well as isiXhosa.

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Zille has been arrested on more than one occasion - during the 1980s for her anti-apartheid activities and in 2007.

In 2008, Zille was named as the winner of the 2008 World Mayor Award.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that the charismatic politician took the unexpected move to deactivate her social media account.

Zille cited bullying as one of the major reasons for taken the decision.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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